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REG responds to EPA’s proposed renewable fuel volumes

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Renewable Energy Group’s (REG) president and CEO, Cynthia Warner, said the company is ‘encouraged’ by the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed Renewable Volume Obligations.

On 7 December, the EPA announced it is strengthening the role of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in advancing greater use of low-carbon renewable fuels with a proposed package of actions setting biofuels volumes for 2022, 2021, and 2020.

“Despite multiple challenging dynamics affecting the RFS programme in recent years, EPA remains committed to the growth of biofuels in America as a critical strategy to secure a clean, zero-carbon energy future,” said EPA Administrator Michael Regan.

“This package of actions will enable us to get the RFS programme back in growth mode by setting ambitious levels for 2022, and by reinforcing the foundation of the programme so that it’s rooted in science and the law.”

Warner commented: “We are pleased to see that the Agency has proposed growth for 2022 in the biomass-based diesel and total advanced categories, as these support clean, renewable fuels that are enabling real decarbonisation, right now. Demand for these products is growing as customers seek ready-now, low-carbon solutions.

“In fact, with the anticipated increased capacity of renewable diesel coming online in 2022 to meet this demand, and the ample availability of feedstock to support this growth, we believe that the proposed advanced volumes are conservative and should be increased further. We look forward to continuing this important discussion with Administration officials.

“We are encouraged that the EPA is standing behind its sound analysis in proposing to deny all 65 pending small refiner exemption requests. Bio-based diesel delivers the powerful emissions reductions this country needs, and refiners themselves are participating in the production of bio-based diesel in growing numbers.

“Consumers are demanding lower carbon fuels and our industry stands ready for growth. Bio-based diesel has many benefits beyond carbon reduction. The industry is creating green jobs, contributing to cleaner air, supporting sustainable agriculture and growing rural economies.”